I picked up some Micro Engineering Code 70 flex track at the Ally Pally show the other week, which means I can now proceed with relaying the problematical reversing loop. Not that I'm using the flex track for the loop, for that I've got some Atlas Code 80 sectional track, but I didn't have any track for the new transition from the loop to the crossings.
Here is the relaid loop. I've used transitional rail joiners to connect the Shinohara turnout to the Atlas set track. I also plan to change the alignment of the first curved spur that is next to the turnout too.
Looking from above everything appears okey-dokey to me.
Eyeballing the join shows something is catching the light. Though the testing by rolling cars threw the joint, even with my most notorious tank cars and longest gondolas, have all proven trouble free so far.
On close examination of the above enlargement I could see that it was the change in the width of the railhead at the joint that was catching the light. I might run a file over it to smooth out the transition. More to come in due course.